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  • Topics this week include?an under-the-radar potential Hall of Fame career, a look at why Stefon Diggs lasted until the fifth round of last years draft, whats next for Jay Cutler?and more. Nike Air Maestro 2 Trifecta .Aqib Talib working his way into HOF careerA prevailing storyline throughout the offseason was whether Broncos cornerback?Aqib Talib?was available in a trade. Only he wasnt. Its possible his name came up in conversations between Denver and other teams, but at no point were the Broncos looking to trade him.Rather than speculating on whether Talib, a three-time Pro Bowler, could be traded, its about time to wonder whether he one day will find his way to Canton, Ohio.Coming off last Sundays win against Indianapolis and heading into Sundays game at Cincinnati, Talib has returned nine interceptions for touchdowns, tied for the fourth-most in NFL history along with Pro Football Hall of Fame selections Ken Houston, Deion Sanders and Aeneas Williams. Talib is three interception-return touchdowns short of tying Rod Woodson, another Hall of Famer, for most in NFL history.Even though Talib has bounced around the league, from Tampa to New England to Denver, he gradually is playing himself into the Hall of Fame conversation.--?Adam SchefterHow will the Bears handle Jay Cutlers contract?Two weeks into the season, intriguing quarterback storylines are already taking shape and will remain for weeks and months to come.Jimmy Garoppolos emergence will force New England to ponder whether to sign him to a long-term extension or trade him for a premium pick or two.Robert Griffins?and Josh McCowns shoulder injuries will put the spotlight on Cleveland and rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, raising the question of whether the Browns need to invest another high pick in a quarterback.And then there is the nearly annual issue and question of what to do with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, but this year there is a significant difference. Cutler has no more guaranteed money left on his contract. The Bears are past the dangerous portion of his contract, leaving them in a position to do what they want with Cutler, when they want to do it.Should the Bears decide to trade or release Cutler, they will take only a $2 million salary cap hit while clearing up an additional $13 million in salary-cap space. Parting ways with Cutler would give Chicago, which already is projected to have $41 million in salary-cap space in 2017, about $54 million of cap flexibility, though needing a starting quarterback to pay and play.But seemingly all along there have been questions about what the Bears should do with Cutler. Now if they choose, they can move on from him without any financial punishment -- and because Cutler has no early bonus payments due, the Bears dont have to be rushed into a decision. It all leaves Chicago at the epicenter of the many quarterback questions that will follow teams throughout the season and into the offseason.-- Adam SchefterHow good could Stefon Diggs be?Diggs, a rare five-star receiver in the Class of 2012,?was one of the most nationally celebrated high school recruits in Maryland Terrapins history. The early knock on Diggs at Maryland was that he acted like an entitled high school star who bypassed offers from bigger brand-name colleges to become the local hero.Enter Keenan McCardell, who became Marylands receivers coach one year later. McCardell was one of the classic overachievers in the NFL, a former 12th-round pick who became a Pro Bowl receiver and finished a 16-year career with 11,373 yards. McCardell knew Diggs had aspirations to play in the NFL. He also knew Diggs had some growing up to do.There were a lot of people who were telling him how good he was, McCardell said. I just taught him the facts of life in football, in the NFL, because I knew he wanted to play at the next level. He was a phenomenal talent, but you cant light it up in practice one day, then go through the motions to next day. Its hard to be great. Great players work hard every day. I used to tell him that if he had worked [poorly] on a particular day, he would have been cut [in the NFL].McCardell specifically mentioned the benefit of Diggs being influenced now by Vikings receivers coach George Stewart, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and head coach Mike Zimmer. In McCardells eyes, Diggs emergence, which continued with nine catches for 182 yards and a touchdown in Sundays win over the Packers, was not a shock. New quarterback Sam Bradford immediately noticed the talent upon his recent arrival. Now, Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has talked about the difficulty of defending Diggs for Sundays game.I told scouts [before the 2015 draft] that he may not play as fast without the ball, but when hes got the ball in those big hands of his, hes one of the best at finding the end zone or working his way upfield, McCardell said. He is very competitive. People are finding that out.So why was Diggs a fifth-round pick in 2015? Injuries and immaturity made him a difficult evaluation. He once was suspended for a game after bumping an official when Maryland captains refused to shake hands with Penn State captains before a game. He also suffered a broken fibula and lacerated kidney in college. But in games he played, he was productive. One personnel man said there were questions that might have been resolved if Diggs had been able to make the college all-star game circuit,?but he was not eligible to play in those postseason showcases because he was a junior when he declared for the draft.I told him there were a lot of first-round guys in the NFL who get their pink slip after three or four years, so dont worry about a big rookie pay day, McCardell said. You dont want to be that pink-slip guy. I think mentally hes getting it figured out, and physically he can be special with that ball in his hands.-- Chris MortensenJ.J. Watt changes?workout regimenWhen?Texans?defensive end?J.J. Watt had surgery to repair a herniated disk in early July, there was internal exasperation that he?was becoming a victim of his own work ethic. In simple terms, its labeled as overtraining.Yet here he is, still not missing a game as he enters his sixth year, still wrecking offenses as he did the Chiefs on Sunday, and drawing comparisons from Patriots coach Bill Belichick to Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, whom Belichick once coached with the Giants.?The Texans have added their own sports science coordinator, Erik Korem. And just as Watt must adjust when he moves positionally along the Texans defensive front, he understands the adjustments to his training regimen are necessary to a point.You have no other choice, said Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. I know that if I dont do it right, Im going to be right back in the operating room. Thats one thing I know how to do, is be disciplined.It may be frustrating to do what they tell me I have to do -- and at the same time I am asking them to push the limits, too. Im never going to push it too far, but I am going to ask them, Hey, listen, I am an aggressive guy. I want to be aggressive with this. I think thats why theres a little bit of a faster recovery timetable than expected, because we do, we push those limits. But as long as you have the right mindset and you do it the right way, you can do it safely and smartly.Watts longtime personal trainer is Brad Arnett of NX Level Sports Performance in Waukesha, Wisconsin, who understands Watts relentless drive for greatness. Watt is just more passionate than the rest.Ive always tried to instill in him more isnt always better, Arnett said. There are times you literally want to punch him in the face because hes stubborn and his work ethic is part of his DNA. When it comes to training, this is what I know right now -- its getting him to accept or surrender to some adjustments, but hes always going to push the limits within those adjustments.-- Chris MortensenDick LeBeaus schemes and golf game are Titans best-kept secretsThe marvels of Tennessee Titans assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeaus career continue.Through two games this season, LeBeaus defense has given up only one touchdown, one fewer than the two that Tennessees offense has surrendered off turnovers. So in the early part of this season, the Titans offense has given up more points than the Titans defense. The Titans defense is one of the biggest reasons Tennessee upset Detroit in Week 2, and it will try to shut down Oakland and its top-rated offense on Sunday.In a conversation this week, LeBeau was quick to credit his players, saying they deserved all the praise. They went from the leagues 29th-rated defense two years ago to the 12th-rated defense in 2015 to one of the leagues most underrated units this season. But LeBeau is one of the defenses top secrets and best weapons. Few coaches ever have been more beloved by their players or have gotten more out of them. LeBeau did it in Cincinnati, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and now Tennessee, where it should be no surprise his methods have kicked in.We have more depth, weve got a pretty solid core of defenders, and theyre playing hard and theyre playing together, LeBeau said Monday night. These first few weeks, we need to grow a great deal, but everyone is working at being a team.It is a challenge, but LeBeau always is up to them. To provide some insight into how prolific he has been, look no further than his golf game. Last year alone, LeBeau, 79, shot a lower score than his age during 73 separate golf outings. His best round was a 65 at Forest Creek Golf Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Just before training camp began last summer, LeBeau used a 7 iron to record his seventh lifetime hole-in-one. LeBeau now has six Super Bowl rings and seven holes-in-one.Well, LeBeau said with a laugh, it would be nice to get another Super Bowl ring to balance it out.-- Adam SchefterEmptying out the notebookCarson Wentz still has some Eagles cringing when he makes plays with his legs, taking on tacklers at times. One general manager?said that unless a quarterbacks name is Cam Newton, it would behoove a team to emphasize to the QB the difference between escapability and running with the football. If they could threaten to fine [Wentz] $10,000 for not protecting himself when hes escaping a pass rush, they should do it. Hes that valuable to them. That goes for a lot of these quarterbacks, but its the way he played in college, and it cant continue.Hard to imagine, and it feels like it could happen only in Cleveland, but the Browns will start their fifth quarterback in five games Sunday at Miami. Dating back to last season, the Browns started Johnny Manziel in Week 16 and Austin Davis in Week 17, and then in this seasons first three weeks, Cleveland will have started Griffin, McCown and now Kessler against the Dolphins.Detroit has won once in Green Bay?since 1991. As if it werent tough enough to win there, the Lions will be playing a Green Bay team coming off a tough Sunday night division loss in Minnesota, in the Packers home opener.The NFL never is what it appears: Trevor Siemian, Garoppolo and Brock Osweiler are each 2-0, whereas?Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins and Tyrod Taylor are each 0-2.Josh Norman expressed his displeasure that he had to submit to a drug test after the Redskins game against the Cowboys. Unless he is in the substance abuse program, he would not be subject to a random urine test. Norman has never been publicly disciplined. As for random PED testing, the revised collectively bargained policy in 2014 explicitly states, The collection of blood specimens is prohibited on game days unless the players day off is scheduled for the day following a game day, in which case blood collections may occur following the conclusion of the game. The Redskins are one of an estimated six teams that designate Monday as their normal day off for games played Sunday.Big Pagano weekend in Week 3: Colts coach Chuck Pagano faces his brother John Pagano, the Chargers defensive coordinator.In a continuing effort to try to make an inherently unsafe game safer, the NFL has been inquiring with coaches and special-teams coaches about what the game would be like if it eliminated the kickoff, according to league sources. However, the league and its competition committee are not any closer to taking the play out of the game, according to sources familiar with those talks. One of the issues that has surfaced with the potential elimination of the kickoff is the subsequent loss of the onside kick, a key play that coaches prefer not to lose. So the talks about making the game safer and eliminating the kickoff will continue, but no rule change is close to being in sight.Bradfords?durability has been an issue since he injured his throwing shoulder twice in the same season?at Oklahoma in 2009. The Rams decision-makers at the time still feel they made the right choice when they made him the No. 1 pick in 2010. The Rams went from 1-15 to 7-9 in Bradfords rookie season and lost an NFC West tiebreaker to the Seahawks, who also were 7-9. Bradford was the Associated Press Rookie of the Year, with 44 of 50 first-place votes. He also played every snap that season and refused then-coach Steve Spagnuolos occasional urgings to take a seat when games were out of hand in the fourth quarter. 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Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days. http://www.airzoomaustralia.com/men-s-nike-air-maestro-2-ltd-shoes-black-white-ah8511-001.html . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Afghanistan are set to play their first full series against West Indies, travelling to the Caribbean in June 2017 for five ODIs and three T20Is. It will Afghanistans first full series against a Full Member other than Zimbabwe.The specific dates of the tour are yet to be announced, although a press release from the Afghanistan Cricket Board mentioned the tour would begin in mid-June.Afghanistan have played only two full series against Full Members previously. The first was when they visited Zimbabwe for five ODIs and two T20Is in October 2015; then, they recorded their first series win over a Full Member. In the return series, two months later, hosted by Afghanistan in the UAE, they beat Zimbabwe in both formats again and bbroke into the top 10 of the ODI rankings for the first time. Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Mens Australia. hairman Nasimullah Danish welcomed the series, saying: Playing with Twenty20 champions will boost technical prospects for us. WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead was happy to have more games on the calendar. This series will add to the variety of cricket our teams will be playing for the next year and we are happy to be able to have teams visit the region to add exposure for all our players, Muirhead said.Most recently, Afghanistan met West Indies in the Super 10 stage of the World T20 in March and beat them by six runs. NFL Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap Jerseys Throwback Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys ' ' '